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Indian village council bans 'love marriages,' women under 40 in the shopping markets

Indian village council bans 'love marriages,' women under 40 in the shopping markets

Police in northern India are investigating a village council after it banned "love marriages" and barred women under 40 from shopping alone or using mobile phones in public, according to reports.

In a video shown by the AFP news service, Mohkam Kahn, a village council member, told media:

Today, at the village council meet, it was decided that mobile phones would not be used on village streets and none of the girls would walk around without wearing headscarves.  Women under 40 will not be allowed to attend the weekly Sunday markets to buy groceries and other household items.

Love marriages are social evils.  Everybody knows that if a couple lives in the village after a love marriage, that it will give birth to unnecessary conflicts and fights.

A woman agreed with his sentiments.  Geeta, a villager, told reporters,

We are happy that women will not be teased anymore on the Sunday markets.  The decision taken by the elderly people at the village council meeting is correct and women under 40 will not go to the market.


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  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    If I were force into a marriage without love, I can guarantee there would be "unnecessary conflicts and fights", because a marriage without love is not a marriage and it's not something I would want, with the man telling me what to do. I'd throw a fit almost every time he tried. Of course, with rules like that, I'd probably leave the village, with or without money or die an early death, in which case, death would probably be preferable.

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